Well sort of a ride. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to saddle up a horse and actually get some time in the saddle. Dusty got a thorough grooming which she seemed to enjoy. Took quite a while to release all the burrs from her mega tail and mane and forelock. She was even sporting a braided tail by the end of her session.
As we walked outside and were making our way to the ring we noticed a group of people standing at the fence on the street. Well, what could we do, we had to go over and let them meet Miss Dusty. It turned out it was our neighbors from diagonally across the street; a very nice man, his son and his father. He had his toddler grandson with him and the little guy enjoyed meeting Dusty but wouldn’t touch her. That’s understandable as she is much bigger than a dog or cat. You could tell he wanted to pet her, but in his mind, better safe than sorry.
Then with an audience I proceeded to mount up figuring she’d most likely give me a hard time and make me look silly. Wonders never cease and she was as good as gold, again, at the mounting block. She’s starting to scare me with how well behaved she’s been lately. Maybe she’s just figured out it’s easier to be good than difficult? I hope so.
Dusty and I started walking down the long side and she didn’t feel right. So after a few turns of direction and some small circles we concluded it was her left hind. She’s a little lame and her ankle is a bit swollen. We’ll see how she’s doing tomorrow.
So even though I had a very short ride it was still great to be able to sit in a saddle and spend some time with her. She may think this was a mounting lesson, which she passed with flying colors and was rewarded with carrots, apple slices and stud muffins. That’s fine as long as we always end on a good note.
Until next time
Quote for Today
May the horse be with you.